Other Greek Islands

An Ocean of Choice

Escaping Mykonos and Santorini, the most popular, crowded islands in the Aegean, is perhaps the best way to see the true diversity of the Greek Islands.

Paros and Ios are popular Cycladic islands that combine traditional Greek customs, historic villages and fertile valleys with stunning beaches and a rich and vibrant nightlife. Paros is known for its charming whitewashed houses in the port town of Parikia, while Ios is known for a laid-back party atmosphere, similar to Mykonos, but without the crowds.

Rhodes, site of the ancient ‘Colossus of Rhodes’, as well as medieval architecture in the city itself, is a cosmopolitan mix of ancient ruins and tourist beaches, while historic archaeological sites, such as the Agora on Kos or Heraion of Samos, offer culturally diverse island experiences.

Typifying Greek Island life, Crete is Greece’s largest and most diverse island. A rugged mountain interior contrasts with bustling towns and stunning coastline. It is an island renowned for its fascinating history, unique natural beauty and distinct cuisine. Highlights include the fascinating ruins of Knossos and Pheastos, or for the energetic, a 16-kilometre trek into Samaria Gorge highlights the amazing scenery of Crete’s mountainous interior.

Insiders' Tips

  1. For the best home-cooked food, try Mummy’s Cooking Restaurant on Kos.
  2. The vineyard-clad hills of Samos produced a delicious Muscat.
  3. A visit to the quaint church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani on Paros is a must.
  4. The Acropolis of Rhodes is not as extensive as its Athenian counterpart, but still well worth a visit.

More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Other Greek Islands chapter in our online Europe Essentials brochure. Click here.

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